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Former IMF chief will seek to discredit accuser in sexual assault case

The former head of the International Monetary Fund resigned after being accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a hotel while on business in the U.S. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was considering a run for president as head of the French Socialist Party in France, but that will likely not happen now. Strauss-Kahn is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual assault and will await trial on the sex crime charges in the U.S. The 62-year-old is currently under house arrest after posting $1 million cash bail and $5 million bond.

The Sofitel hotel maid who accused Strauss-Kahn of the assault is a 32-year-old single mother from Guinea. She came to the U.S. seven years ago. According to The Wall Street Journal, Strauss-Kahn's defense team will not claim that he did not have sexual relations with the maid, but that it was consensual. Defense attorneys for the former IMF chief have implied in correspondence to prosecutors that they have damaging information that could discredit the maid and undermine the case.

The attorneys did not say what information they had. They said that they were not planning to leak the information to the media and asked prosecutors to try to stop leaks from law enforcement to media organizations, saying that leaks so far have been hurting their client and their case. Some close to Strauss-Kahn have suggested that the accusations leveled against him could have been orchestrated by political rivals. Before the current case broke, Strauss-Kahn had said that he suspected a political maneuver like that could happen.


Strauss-Kahn Team Offers Hints (The Wall Street Journal)

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